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The Minority Report and Other Stories

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Keir Dullea

5 Hours 34 Minutes


December 2003

Audio Book Summary

Viewed by many as the greatest science fiction writer on any planet, Philip K. Dick has written some of the most intriguing, original and thought-provoking fiction of our time. This collection includes stories that will make you lough, cringe...and stop and think.

- The Minority Report: a special unit that employs those with the power of precognition to prevent crimes proves itself less than reliable...- We Can Remember It For You Wholesale: an everyguy's yearning for more exciting 'memories' places him in a danger he never could have imagined (basis of the feature film Total Recall)...- Paycheck: a mechanic who has no memory of the previous two years of his life finds that a bag of seemingly worthless and unrelated objects can actually unlock the secret of his recent past -- and insure that he has a future...- Second Variety: the UN's technological advances to win a global war veer out of control, threatening to destroy all of humankind (basis of the movie Screamers)...- The Eyes Have It: a whimsical, laugh-out-loud play on the words of the title.

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  • Sandra Rodgers

    I recommend this audiobook to those who like PKD, because fans of his work would probably be able to better deal with the reader. But for first-timers, it woud be better to read the stories on your own. The reader really distracts from the stories - he uses corny, emphasized accents and his woman's voice is TERRIBLE, even insulting at times. I enjoyed the stories a lot, but my reason for writing this review is to warn about the reader. I would hate to see people turned off of PKD because of the weirdo they have reading his stories.

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  • Dewey Stevens

    These are truly classic stories. It's fascinating to see the liberties taken by Hollywood when making them into movies. My ONLY complaint is that there are only one or two tracks per CD. If you happen to miss a section, or hit the wrong button on your stereo, this can be a major pain to backtrack, especially on a car stereo that has no fast forward.

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  • Anonymous

    Woohoo - this is a buried treasure - I had forgotten how many of the popular movies were based on Philip K Dick's vision. In particular - loved "recognizing" "We can remember it for you wholesale" as the basis for "Total Recall" - but this original version is better. Definitely worth it.

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  • Anonymous

    After reading the other reviews, I wasn't sure how I would like this production. The narration, however, was not bad at all. I was surprised how much fun this one was, actually. PK Dick has a reputation as a great dystopian; the stories here were - dare I say it- downright optimistic and somewhat sentimental, in their way. I had no idea he had such a soft spot for happy endings....

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  • Catherine Franchett

    Even better than the movie... and I was surprised by the differences from this story and the movie.

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  • Jacquilynne Schlesier

    An interesting collection of stories by one of the greats of literary SF. Though some of the plots are worn thin by time, it's worth remembering that Dick was the one who came up with many of these much copied ideas in the first place. Narration was solid, though accents were a weak spot. The choice of places to break stories into discs, however, seemed odd and disconcerting.

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  • Ralph M

    This is short science fiction at its best. A great blend of fascinating stories and speculative 'science'. What puts these stories over the top is how quickly we're through the setup and into the action. Philip Dick doesn't waste any time. He grabs your attention and doesn't let go. It's no wonder three of these stories have been very loosely adapted into major films.

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  • Ronald Hayden

    I was looking forward to hearing Minority Report and We Can Remember It For You Wholesale, those both being the basis of movies and titles I'd heard for a long time. Unfortunately, I found them to be minor stories, marred by some amateurish writing and characterization that hasn't aged well, and without satisfying conclusions. The surprise here was the longest story of the bunch, Second Variety. Clocking in at a bit over 90 minutes, this is a gripping suspense story that has a unique twist on the idea of machines taking over the world. It's hard to discuss much without spoiling it, but I thoroughly enjoyed the story and only guessed at the resolution moments before reaching the end. Keir Dullea does reasonably with male voices, but his female voices are disappointing and often confusing. This particularly mars the first two stories, but doesn't get in the way of Second Variety.

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